Nuclear, Reactors

Westinghouse, Master-Lee in nuclear teaming agreement


PITTSBURGH, Nov. 6, 2003 — Westinghouse Electric Company and Master-Lee Energy Services Corp. have announced a multi-year teaming agreement that will significantly enhance the manner in which the two companies provide refueling services, and reactor coolant pump and motor services to the commercial nuclear power industry.

Under terms of the agreement, Westinghouse and Master-Lee will work cooperatively to provide nuclear plant operators with the best-available, site-specific products, services and human resources. Plant operators will be able to procure these services directly through either Westinghouse or Master-Lee.

Ric Perez, senior vice president, Nuclear Services for Westinghouse, said the agreement is the most recent example in an ongoing effort to further improve customer responsiveness and promote customer success.

“Master-Lee and Westinghouse have well-trained and highly experienced work forces, and both have made significant investments in technology and personnel development,” he said. “This agreement will allow us to further enhance the level of service we provide our customers by utilizing the best from within both organizations.”

Rich Douds, President and CEO of Master-Lee, said the two companies are also well matched in other areas. “Master-Lee’s headquarters and primary operations in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, are only 20 miles from Westinghouse’s comprehensive service center at Waltz Mill in Madison, Pennsylvania,” he said. “This proximity will facilitate the effective and cost efficient joint use of training and tooling facilities, all with the over-riding goal of providing customers with the state-of-the-art products and services they need to keep their plants operating at high levels of efficiency and availability.”

Westinghouse Electric Company, wholly owned by BNFL plc of the United Kingdom, offers a wide range of nuclear plants products and services to utilities around the world, including fuel, spent fuel management, service and maintenance, nuclear automation, and advanced plant designs. Westinghouse supplied the world’s first commercial pressurized water reactor nuclear power plant in 1957 and has designed the world’s largest installed base of worldwide operating nuclear power plants.

Master-Lee Energy Services Corporation is recognized as a leading U.S. supplier of refueling services. Master-Lee also provides reactor coolant pump and motor maintenance services, balance-of-plant heat exchanger services, and decommissioning and decontamination services. The remainder of Master-Lee’s business is in the area of staff augmentation and specialized engineering and tooling for the DOE and the commercial nuclear power industry.